Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Causes & Effects of Suicidal Ideation

At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, we believe education is an important first step in the effort to heal from suicidal ideation. Understanding the signs, symptoms, and effects of suicidal ideation can help you get the right type and level of care for yourself or a loved one.

Understanding Suicidal Ideation

Learn about suicidal ideation

Suicidal ideation is a serious condition that leads an individual to have intrusive and pervasive thoughts about suicide or death. These suicidal thoughts can range in severity, from simply thinking about death to actually imagining and planning a suicide attempt. Suicidal ideation does not always lead to an actual suicide attempt, but it should never be taken lightly and should be treated as soon as it begins.

Suicidal thoughts can be frightening and powerful. There are often a great number of underlying issues that cause these suicidal thoughts. Treatment for suicidal ideation should be geared toward uncovering these underlying issues and preventing a worst-case scenario. The good news is that wellness is possible.

Statistics

Suicidal ideation statistics

Because suicidal ideation involves one’s private thoughts, it is very difficult to truly quantify any data about this symptom’s prevalence. The Centers for Disease Control has estimated that actual completed suicide attempts are the second leading cause of death for individuals under age 34. (Conditions such as heart disease and cancer take over as the leading causes of death for individuals over age 35.) Suicide is among the top ten causes of death for all individuals under age 65. Sadly, a suicide is completed every 94 seconds in the U.S.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for suicidal ideation

Both environmental and genetic factors contribute to a person’s risk of developing suicidal ideation and the disorders that often accompany it. Some of these risk factors include:

Genetic: An individual’s risk of being diagnosed with a mental illness is largely affected by genetics. Suicidal ideation is often a symptom of an underlying mental health concern, so it is helpful to consider the risk of mental health disorders when an individual expresses suicidal ideation concerns.

Environmental: Traumatic stressors are particularly correlated with suicidal ideation. Other stressors in the environment, such as neglect, abuse, bullying, injury or accident, or exposure to others who have completed suicide all increase an individual’s suicide ideation risk.

In summary, risk factors include:

  • Exposure to violence or trauma
  • Having someone close commit suicide
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • History of neglect or abuse
  • History of abuse or neglect

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation

Suicidal ideation is not always obvious. However, some of the following warning signs may indicate that an individual is experiencing suicidal ideation:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Isolation from others
  • Self-harm or self-injury
  • Giving away possessions
  • Avoiding activities that were previously enjoyed
  • Talking or writing about death
  • Discussing or sharing feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness

Physical symptoms:

  • Changes in appearance
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Changes in diet or eating habits
  • Changes in weight
  • Neglect of personal hygiene

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating or planning activities
  • Intrusive and persistent thoughts of suicide
  • Planning to commit suicide
  • Wishing to die or escape
  • Preoccupation with dying and death

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Feelings of shame, hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Feelings of depression
  • Loss of pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed
  • An unexpected, sudden change to positive mood (a serious warning sign that an individual has planned a suicide attempt)

Effects

Effects of suicidal ideation

If left untreated, suicidal ideation may lead to the devastating consequence of an actual suicide attempt. Attempted suicide is a devastating experience for both the individual and that person’s loved ones. Besides a successful suicide attempt, other concerns of untreated suicidal thinking include:

  • Conflicts in relationships
  • Loss of relationships
  • Missed work or job loss
  • Lowered social function
  • Financial concerns

If an individual attempts suicide (without completing suicide) the tragic repercussions may include:

  • Coma
  • Organ Damage
  • Scarring
  • Brain injury or cognitive damage
  • Paralysis

Co-Occurring Disorders

Suicidal ideation and co-occurring disorders

The disorders that commonly co-occur with suicidal ideation include:

  • Eating disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Prior to treatment, my life was not only unmanageable, it was unlivable. Covington Behavioral Health Hospital helped provide me with a full, meaningful life. Thank you!

– a former patient
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